Abandoned vehicles and goods
  • Last updated:
  • 22 Jan 2021

Council will investigate reports of abandoned vehicles by checking:

  • the vehicle condition
  • location
  • ownership
  • registration.

Council will try to find the vehicle owner and get them to remove it. If we can't locate the owner, we place a notice on the vehicle advising that it will be removed by a certain date. We may tow the vehicle immediately if it is a danger to public safety.

If an abandoned vehicle is not removed by the date on the notice, council will impound the vehicle.

If the vehicle is not claimed within one month of being impounded, we will advertise it for 14 days. It will then be disposed of by public auction. Council may dispose of vehicles of no value (e.g. damaged, missing parts or not roadworthy) without going to auction.

Unregistered vehicles not stored on private property are considered abandoned.

Reporting an abandoned vehicle

If you spot an abandoned vehicle, you can email Customer Service. Please include:

  • vehicle description including colour, make, model and registration number (where possible)
  • specific location to help locate the vehicle.

Note: abandoned vehicles on main or State controlled roads are management by the Department of Transport and Main Roads.

Refer to the list of State controlled roads in the Sunshine Coast region[227KB].

Impounded vehicles

Owners who would like to collect an impounded vehicle must:

  • do so within one month of impounding
  • complete the application form[238KB] (as required under state government laws)
  • send proof of ownership and photo identification (drivers licence, 18+ card or passport) which has been verified by a Justice of the Peace via email. Or you can bring proof of ownership and photo identification to a council customer service centre.

On receipt of proof of ownership and photo identification council will contact you to pay the release fees and any other applicable charges. You will also need to provide release paperwork so that you can collect your vehicle.

Date impounded Vehicle description  Registration number  Address impounded  Reference number 
11/09/2020 Holden Cruze White 176WOX 19-21 Jorl Court BUDERIM QLD 4556 IV2000698
18/11/2020 Nissan Navara Blue   4 Andrew Avenue LITTLE MOUNTAIN
19/11/2020 VW Red 840YTW 5 Elliot Drive BUDERIM
28/11/2020 Mitsubishi 4WD Black   37 Primary School Court MAROOCHYDORE IV2000890
01/12/2020  Hyundai Hatch Blue 875ZTC 18 Warne Terrace KINGS BEACH QLD 4551 IV2000887
03/12/2020 Great Wall Wagon Black 1EWV809 Highland Place BUDERIM QLD 4556 IV2000915
11/12/2020 Hyundai Silver 723VOB Taylor Avenue GOLDEN BEACH QLD 4551 IV2000979
12/12/2020  Holden Sedan Bronze    Parker Street MAROOCHYDORE QLD 4558  IV2000928
16/12/2020  Mitsubishi Lancer Black
Central Drive SIPPY DOWNS QLD 4556  IV2000130
20/12/2020  Mercedes White   Kelly Court BUDERIM QLD 4556  IV2000953
16/12/2020  Holden Green 216EQM Bellaboo Road LANDSBOROUGH QLD 4550  IV2000911
16/12/2020 Trailer   Akeringa Place MOOLOOLABA QLD 4557 IV2000940
22/12/2020 Toyota Wagon Blue 997YGO Kestrel Street AROONA QLD 4551 IV2000947
05/01/2021 Holden Commodore Red
Mitchelli Court LITTLE MOUNTAIN QLD 4551 IV2000992
07/01/2021 Holden 4WD Red 378TMP Urambi Court Mountain Creek QLD 4557  IV2001007
09/01/2021 Honda Silver
Melville Court Mountain Coolum QLD 4573 IV2001011

Date impounded Item description  Address impounded  Reference number 
 11/11/2020  Billy Surf Ski   Glenlea Drive MAROOCHYDORE QLD 4558  IMP20/0034
 10/11/2020  White Jet Surf Ski  Glenlea Drive MAROOCHYDORE QLD 4558
 10/11/2020  White Surf Ski Foot Straps  Glenlea Drive MAROOCHYDORE QLD 4558
 10/11/2020  White Surf Ski  Glenlea Drive MAROOCHYDORE QLD 4558

Sunshine Coast Council abandoned vehicle auctions have moved to an online auction platform. Slattery Auctions will run regular auctions for all abandoned vehicles and unclaimed impounded items.

These auctions will occur on a regular basis and are open to everyone. Online bidding will be available for all items.

Terms and conditions

  • Auctions are held online at Slattery Auctions website.
  • Images are available on Slattery's Sunshine Coast Council auction page prior to auction.
  • Full payment is required on the day of the auction (EFTPOS accepted).
  • Items are sold 'as is' and must be collected on the Wednesday following the auction between 9am–4pm from Nambour. Additional storage costs will be charged on items not collected on this day.
  • Council reserves the right to withdraw any vehicle advertised before the auction.